Jackson-Pratt Drain

A Jackson-Pratt drain (or JP drain) is rubber tubing that may be placed after surgery. It may also be used with infections or injury that can cause a buildup of fluid.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • You are unsure of how to care for your drain
    • Drainage is greenish in color or has a bad smell
    • Significant bleeding from the drain
    • Pain at the incision
    • Fever or chills
    • End of the tube comes out of the incision

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A Jackson-Pratt drain (or JP drain) is rubber tubing that may be placed after surgery. It may also be used with infections or injury that can cause a buildup of fluid.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Fluid that collects inside the body can increase the chance of infection or other complications. The JP drain allows fluids to move out of the body. The drain may be placed:

    • After surgery if large amounts of drainage are expected
    • To drain fluids from an abscess or other infected areas
    • To drain fluids from injury associated with fluid build up

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. Your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection